Man Suspected Of DUI Crashes Van Into House, Crew Removed It 8 Days Later
The last thing anyone expects when celebrating a weekend holiday at home is to be involved in a motor vehicle accident.
The CBS Local station in Dallas reports that that is exactly what happened to Valarie Smith and her family on the evening of Easter Sunday when a van crashed into the back of her home in south Dallas near Interstate 635.
The van remained lodged inside the Smith’s home for 8 days due to rainstorms in the region preventing crews from removing it. On Monday, April 29th, the van was finally removed from the house.
The driver of the van has been identified as Fidel Alvarado, 32. Alvarado was later arrested by Dallas Police on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Smith is grateful that the van didn’t hit anyone. Several family members were at home when the van crashed through the back of the house and into the living room.
Both Smith and Production Manager Larry James for Jordan Restoration know that fixing it all is going to take time. The damage to the house is extensive, with most of it being structural in nature. It’s been estimated that the repairs could take anywhere between 6 months to a year. “The walls have been compromised”, Jordan said, “everything upstairs has probably been compromised.”
Smith says she has insurance and she hopes that the cost of the repairs will be covered.